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Environmentally friendly Farnborough Airport

Farnborough is hoping to become the most environmentally friendly airport in the country.

The private airport often used for the executive jets of the rich and famous - is 40 miles from London and just off the M3 on the Surrey/Berkshire border.

It's brought in incentives to encourage staff to give up their cars and has banned the most noisy jets. But from people living nearby - the reaction is mixed.

Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, has been finding out.

Farnborough - the most environmentally friendly airport in the country?

Farnborough Airport Credit: ITV news

Farnborough is hoping to become the most environmentally friendly airport in the country.

It's banned the most noisy jets and is now giving all staff training sessions on the environment and tokens worth 50p a day if they give up their cars and use their bike or public transport.

Hundreds of solar panels and eco friendly runway lights have also been installed, along with a new fleet of electric cars.

There were 23,000 flights in and out of Farnborough last year. It is also home to the famous airshow.


Police investigate criminal damage of Abbey

Police are investigating following several criminal damage incidents occurred at St Michaels Abbey in Farnborough Road, Farnborough.

During the evenings from May 6 to May 8 a group of youths have accessed the estate and caused damage by throwing bricks at the historic lead-stained glass windows and hand carved oak doors.

PC Dave Carpenter from Farnborough Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The incidents are impacting on the monks’ quality of life as they have not been able to sleep due to how distressing the incidents have been.

“The youths have also chased sheep around the fields causing some of the pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

“I would ask that anyone with any information about these incidents please contact me on 101.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Dave Carpenter from Farnborough Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 quoting 44150155970, or via the website

Highest gallantry medal for Hampshire soldier

Ceremony at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV news

A soldier from Hampshire, who risked his life to save others on the front line has been awarded the military's highest gallantry medal from the Queen - in a service at Windsor Castle.

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, who's 27 and from Farnborough, is the first living serviceman to receive the Victoria Cross for service in Afghanistan.

The Paratrooper from the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, showed "complete disregard" for his own safety when his group came under attack from the Taliban. Lance Corporal Leakey's relative - Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey - was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross in November 1945.

Farnborough Shop Watch goes digital

Farnborough Shop Watch Scheme has undergone a digital upgrade which will help to keep members of the public safe when out and about in the town.

With support from The Meads Shopping Centre, the system has been upgraded and all members have been provided with new handsets.

The new digital system will allow businesses and shopping centres outside of Farnborough town centre to join the scheme, allowing more information to be shared amongst businesses within the town.

The new digital system will keep members of the public safe when out and about Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

“It has been a partnership effort to ensure that the upgrade took place. Hampshire Constabulary alongside Rushmoor Borough Council, The Meads Shopping Centre and Farnborough Shop Watch all contributed to the cost the upgrade and the provision of new digital radios to the existing members and new members. The new digital system will greatly improve the communication between the partnership and members. This will help to ensure that residents and visitors to Farnborough have a safer shopping experience, no matter where in Farnborough they might be.”

– PC Dave Carpenter


Violent attack at Farnborough Station

British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace after an assault on board a train at Farnborough railway station in July.

The incident occurred on-board the 6.42pm London Waterloo to Basingstoke service on Saturday, 5 July.

British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

"A 62-year-old man, from Farnborough, was travelling home from London with three friends. As the train pulled into Farnborough they were approached by a man holding an empty beer glass who began verbally abusing them. During the altercation the man struck the victim across the face with the beer glass, causing it to smash. He then continued to hit the man with the remaining broken glass, possibly cutting himself in the process. Other passengers intervened and the man fled the train at Farnborough and got into a taxi with two other men. The victim’s ear was almost cut clean off during the attack and he required multiple stitches at hospital. The unprovoked nature of the assault is of great concern and we are working hard to catch the person responsible and bring them to justice. Who is the man in the orange t-shirt? I believe he could have crucial information about what happened on that train, which will greatly assist our investigation. It is thought he has a broad Scottish accent, and may live or have connections in the Woking or Camberley areas of Surrey. If you recognise him, please get in touch. I am also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet come forward to police.”

– Detective Constable Phil Bibbings, leading the investigation
British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including viewing CCTV footage from on the train and at the station, leading to the release of images of a man they’d like to speak to.

Aerospace investment to be announced at Farnborough

Nick Clegg will announce a major investment of £154 million in research projects at the Farnborough Airshow today, to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation.

The money will be used for four specific projects in areas the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications.

The funding is part of a £2 billion pound Government and industry investment in researching and development for the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.

This will help to secure more than 100,000 skilled jobs in aerospace and its supply chain in the long term in a market expected to be worth over £4 trillion over the next 30 years.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"The UK's aerospace industry is going from strength to strength and helping our economic recovery. We are the number one aerospace industry in Europe and second only to the United States globally.

I want to ensure the UK remains at the cutting edge of aerospace innovation, which is why I am pleased to announce that we are investing £154 million for research to explore new technologies like the 3D printing of plane parts and creating lighter, greener aircraft."

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

PM announces new intelligence gathering funding for Armed Forces at Farnborough International Air Show

In an announcement from the Prime Minister's office, an extra £800 million of investment is promised for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. The intentnion is to extend the range and flexibility of defence options, including that of our Special Forces.

The statements says the money will be used to respond to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking, with an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of the Portsmouth-based Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.

David Cameron will provide more details at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Prime Minister will also set out action taken by the Defence Growth Partnership of industry and Government to boost the UK defence sector.

Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities. We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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